Thompsonville man arrested on attempted first degree murder charges

From the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 


THOMPSONVILLE -On Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 4:38 pm Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence incident involving a shooting victim and armed suspect in rural Thompsonville.

The investigation is ongoing and has resulted in the arrest of Jeffrey R. Herrell age 32 of Thompsonville with aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted first degree murder charges. These are tentative charges pending review by the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The victim is the suspect’s mother, age 52 of Thompsonville. The victim received life threatening gunshot and stab wounds and was initially treated
by Abbott E.M.S. and Thompsonville Fire First Responders.

The victim was flown to an out of state hospital and her condition is unknown at this time. There are no other suspects.

The alleged is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Additional detours/parking for the MHS Sophmore Tourney


From Len Novora – Murphysboro High School Athletic Director 

ATTENTION: ALL vehicles must be parked in the north end of the parking lot (next to the softball field on the right as you pull in) starting Monday (2/26).

Use the north gym doors for entry into building.

This will last for the remainder of the Tournament.


Approximately 90 tickets remain for the championship game of the Z-R Class 1A Regional

By Steve Dunford 

ZEIGLER – I just spoke with Zeigler-Royalton Athletic Director Jeremy May, and 90 general admission tickets remain for the championship game between Sesser-Valier and Woodlawn.

The school will set up cameras where the game can be streamed inside the school when the gym reaches full capacity.

The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. with the Country Financial Three Point Showdown starting at 5:00 p.m.


IDOT pushes back Route 34 closure between Thompsonville and Galatia

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling on IL 34 near Thompsonville in Franklin County of an upcoming ROAD CLOSURE.

Beginning Monday, March 19, 2018,  Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M., IL 34 approximately 1.75 miles east of Thompsonville will be closed to traffic.  This closure is necessary to facilitate the repair of a drainage structure. The road is expected to be open by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 30, 2018, Friday, March 2, 2018.

Motorists should use the marked detour or seek an alternate route.

Message boards and signs will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.

For IDOT District 9 updates on twitter, follow us at

Route 34 between Thompsonville and Galatia will be closed starting Feb. 20

CARBONDALE – The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling on IL 34 near Thompsonville in Franklin County of an upcoming ROAD CLOSURE.

Beginning Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:00 A.M., IL 34 approximately 1.75 miles east of Thompsonville will be closed.

This closure is necessary to facilitate the repair of a drainage structure. The road is expected to be open by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Motorists should use the marked detour or seek an alternate route.

Message boards and signs will be in place to alert traffic of the closure.

For IDOT District 9 updates on twitter, follow us at


Local farmers watching farm bill closely

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THOMPSONVILLE — Congress will soon begin writing the 2018 Farm Bill, which will be one of the largest and potentially most controversial pieces of legislation this year.

Local farmers like Larry Miller are watching closely.

“This is a difficult time for farmers. Our costs, they just continue to go up,” Miller said.

Miller said the most important thing area farmers want to see in the farm bill is a strong crop insurance program.
“We’ve had that now in the last two bills and it really has changed farming and security of farming,” said Miller.

Please click below to read the full story from Brandon Richard of WSIL-TV.

Logan water customers under boil order

LOGAN – All Logan water customers are under a boil water order west of Logan road until Friday, due to a water main break.

This is for areas west of Logan road.


Tville/Joppa game Saturday moved up to a 4:00 p.m. JV tip

By Steve Dunford 

THOMPSONVILLE –  Athletic Director Pete Gordon, states the home basketball game between Thompsonville and Joppa has been moved up to a 4:00 JV start from 6:00 p.m.

There is some inclement weather predicted for Saturday Night.   Since it would be a 70 trip home for them, is the reason for the time change.

If any other events are pushed up please call me at 937-0253, call or text 218-3764, e-mail me at, or send me a message on Facebook.


By Steve Dunford 



HARRISBURG –   First of all at the end of my comments, I am going to link all the media sources that covered the game.   T’ville fans might want to grab a Southern.  Les Winkler the Sports Editor put the story on the front page .  That might be a first for Thompsonville.

I am going to link WSIL’s video too.  It was cool Darren Kinnard hung around for a while to watch the nets being cut.

I would have bet the farm, ABV Jack would have been there.

It is also great the WEBQ broadcasts the entire tournament.

The Thompsonville Tigers came back from a huge first half deficit, to defeat the Hardin County Cougars. 39-31.  This makes 10 out of 11 for the Tigers.  The only loss during this streak was down at Hardin County.

It was the first time the Tigers have cut down the nets in a bracketed tournament since they won the 1998 Coulterville Midwinter over Scott Burzynski’s Elverado Falcons.  That Tiger team featured the Mullins brothers, Rhett and Dirk.

The last time the program was in a championship game of a bracketed tournament was in 2004, as the Tigers lost a heart breaker to the West Frankfort Redbirds at the Johnston City Class A Regional.

In this time frame however, they won several Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament crowns which is a round robin tournament.

The Tigers have taken home hardware in every tournament they played in.  They finished fourth in the Christopher Turkey Tournament, and won the consolation bracket of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.

Reed Raubach hits an NBA three at the buzzer to bring the Tigers within four, 18-14 at halftime.

The three was a momentum changer as the Tigers outscored the Cougars 13-3 to take a 27-21 lead after three.

Tyson Kessler  (23) celebrating the victory with Zack Krikman (33) amd Reed Raubach (11)

Corbin Fitch led Thompsonville with 11 on the night.  Tyson Kessler 10, and Anthony Darge added eight with several blocked shots.

Jamison Hicks, along with Darge are two of the most underrated post players in Southern Illinois had 10.

Thompsonville improves to 14-7 on the season, winning 10 out of their last 11.  They travel to their arch rival Crab Orchard on Tuesday night.  This is considered a non-conference game in the GEC standings.

Hardin County, falls to 7-9, and plays the toughest 1A schedule in Southern Illinois.  The host Webster County KY on Monday night, a school which would be 3A in Illinois.

This championship would not be possible if it wasn’t for some unsung heroes for the Tigers.

The First one is Peyton Roberts.  He did not score a lot of points in the tourney, but turned in some awesome defensive efforts.  He burned the nets for 20 against Odin.

The second shout out goes to Zack Krikman.  He was a starter earlier in the year.  He has embraced the role of being the sixth man. and is built for that role in that role, being able to come in and play the 2-5.

The third is Jake Dixon, since Chullen is developing, his minutes has decreased.  Both him and Kirkman would start for the majority of teams in the GEC.  He has not told me, but I guarantee Coach Gordon will start both of you on senior night.

I cant say enough about two diaper dandies who came up big.  The first is Bryson Chullen.  The experience at the JV level has been invaluable for him.   He stepped in the Gallatin game and provided a spark with Darge was in foul trouble.  Between him and Dixon, you can spell Darge for a minute or two.  The best thing about Chullen, he is a sophomore.

Anytime Coach Gordon sticks Grady Furlow in there,  there has not been one freshman mistake.  He plays well beyond his years.

Trey Bybee has a knee that barks on him, and it cut down on his minutes some.  When he was a baby, I smiled at his name.  He wears his dad’s number, assistant coach Jay Bybee, 3.  Father and son can chuck it from there two.  He is an option anytime T’ville needs a trifecta.

I am crazy about Michigan State.  I am a Tom Izzo disciple.  Every bench player needs to watch Tum Tum.  He was a starter, and with the big recruiting class, is not coming off the bench.  He is the spark plug for the Spartans.

These guys are the unsung heroes of the team.  If it wasn’t for the contributions, there would not be a winning streak.

A big thanks goes out to Carrier Mills, as they were awesome hosts of the tournament.

Link to the A Baseline View Story

Link to WSIL-TV story

Link to story from Michael “Spyder Man” Dann’s story from the Harrisburg Register Friday night.

There was not a link on the Southern’s website.  You can pick them up all week at Dollar Tree.








Tigers defeat Gallatin Co…..face Hardin County tonight for GEC Tournament Title

By Steve Dunford 

HARRISBURG –  When people asked my thought’s on last nights game, I said the first team to 40 will win it.

In the rebuilding process Thompsonville coach Pete Gordon shortened the game.  Gallatin County and former Tiger coach Doug Miller knows very well how to play that game suiting up for the McLeansboro Foxes in his high school days.

Tiger point guard Tyson Kessler took over the game in the closing minutes, offensively, defensively, and at the free throw line.  Neither team hit 40, but the Tigers had a 38-36 win over the Gallatin County Hawks to advance to tonight’s championship game of the Greater Egyptian Conference Tournament against Hardin County.

Along with Kessler, Peyton Roberts and Zack Krikman come up with a big steal and a jump ball each to help the Tigers to seal the victory.

The Tigers in their effective 2-3 zone early in the first half in last night’s win.

The Tigers played a 2-3 zone all nights that gave the Hawks fits all night.  The Hawks play a sagging man to man keying on center Anthony Darge.  They took Darge out of his game offensively, but he had some key rebounds and blocked shots.

The Thompsonville zone shut down Gallatin’s leading scorers Audie Gobel and Robbie Prince to ten points between them.

It was not one for the offensive record books, as Gallatin kicked a field goal and record a safety, T’ville scored a touchdown and kicked the extra point, as it was 7-5 after one.

The Tigers had jitters and were emotional coming in, as it was the two year anniversary of the former Tiger coach and a mentor to a lot of the players, Bill Morris.  I will be writing a piece about his life early next week.

The late North Carolina Coach Dean Smith would have loved the pace of this one, as it was 15-13 Gallatin with under a minute and some change left on the clock in the first half.   Gallatin was going for one shot and Coach Pete Gordon was content to let them, as Darge was on the bench with two fouls.

The Hawks cough it up twice, and Bryson Chullen a 6′ 4″ sophomore who is seeing increased minutes for Darge, helps his team convert scoring on two consecutive possessions to give Thompsonville a 17-15 halftime lead.

The Tigers kept building their lead slowly in the fourth.  At the end of three, the Tigers were up 29-21.

The game changed from a turtles to a jack rabbits pace quickly.  Gallatin scores a quick bucket.  Reed Raubach comes down and buries a quick three.  Doug Miller calls a time out.

The Hawks go to a full court press. and Thompsonville struggles with it.  They score twice in 15 seconds to cut the T’ville lead to five.  That was part of a 13 point run, which the Hawks had a 36-32 lead with just over two minutes to go with the ball.

That is when Tyson Kessler’s leadership kicked in to seal the victory.   He had a game high 13 on the night.  Raubach had eight, and Corbin Fitch had seven, who is questionable for tonight’s game.

Dawson Hish led Gallatin County with 10 on the evening.

Here is what Tiger Coach Pete Gordon had to say about last night’s victory.  “I am proud of our effort last night. We executed our game plan well. I felt like our kids equalled their intensity. It seemed like every time they made a nice play, we would go immediately respond with a nice play of our own.

“(Zack) Kirkman was huge after we knew (Corbin) Fitch was out. Tyson (Kessler) was a gamer. Peyton (Roberts) didn’t score a point but was flat great defensively. We talked about a win over Gallatin will elevate our season, and move the program in the direction we want it to go. Darge and Raubach were so solid as well. Really an awesome TEAM effort.”

Thompsonville improves to (13-7) on the season.  Gallatin County falls to (10-8) on the season.

Hardin County punched their ticket to face T’ville tonight with a 59-52 win over Crab Orchard last night.

This is what Coach Pete Gordon had to say about tonight’s Cougars.  “Hardin County is so solid and playing so well. We have a desire to avenge our loss at their place. Playing them on a neutral court will be different then playing at their place. We are excited to be on this stage and it is a testament to the hard work our players and coaches have put in to get to this level. We have played in that 7th place game the last three years, so playing for the Championship is almost unthinkable.” 

I talked to Hardin County coach Rodney Lane this afternoon about facing the Tigers in the championship game.  “We got them by 15 at our place.  That does not mean anything going into tonight.  We were only up four going into the fourth quarter.  We are both playing well, and at the right time.  We had to play very well to beat Crab last night.  It will be a great game for the fans to watch this evening.  

The Cougars come into tonight’s game with a 7-8 record, which is deceiving.  They play as tough of a non conference schedule as Sesser-Valier does.  Most of their losses are to 2A schools.  They faced the Benton Rangers in the opener of the Goreville Invitational.

The first game tonight will be the consolation championship, which NCOE faces Carrier Mills at 5:30.  Gallatin Co. and Crab Orchard play for third place at 7:30 and Thompsonville and Hardin Co play for the championship at 8:30.

Box Score

THOMPSONVILLE (38)  Kessler  3 1 4-4 13,  Raubach 0 2 2-2 8, Fitch 1 0 5-6 7, Darge 2 0 0-2 4, Chullen 1 0 2-2 4, Kirkman 1 0 0-0 2,  Roberts 0 0 0-1 0, Dixon 0 0 0-0 0

GALLATIN COUNTY (36)  Hish 1 0 2-4 10, Rushing 3 0 1-1 7,  Walters 2 0 2-4 6, Prince 2 0 2-4 6, Goebel 2 0 0-2 4, Wilson 0 1 0-0 3, Reeder 0 0 0-0 0, Kiesecoms 0 0 0-0 0, Brock Seely 0 0 0-0 0

Score By Quarters

THOMPSONVILLE (13-7)    7 – 10 – 12 – 9  – 38

GALLATIN COUNTY (10-8)   5 – 10 – 6 -15 -36









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